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IoT Means More Security Threats to Healthcare Industry

Life sciences and healthcare companies will integrate Internet of Things (IoT) devices and other intelligent hardware to improve efficiency and patient care and enhance supply chain visibility.

But the increasing use of such technologies will accelerate security risks, according Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS).

Unisys predicts that in 2018, connected technology will take a more prominent role within the healthcare supply chain.

Sensor-based track-and-trace technology will allow companies to verify product shipping information, and will use analytics based on tracking data to improve route efficiencies and delivery of critical medications.

But a report from McAfee Labs said that life sciences and healthcare companies suffered more security incidents in the second quarter of 2017  than any other industry, surpassing the public sector.

As more healthcare providers use hand-held devices to access data, valuable patient data is more vulnerable to cyber threats.

In the coming years, Unisys said, the healthcare industry will see a sharp  rise in ransomware and other online attacks that will threaten both patient data and the reputations of the organizations trusted to protect it.

A recent survey by Unisys found that many Americans say they are concerned about hackers gaining access to internet-connected medical devices such as defibrillators, pacemakers or insulin pumps.

Unisys predicts that companies will shift toward a multi-tiered approach to security, starting with a thorough security assessment to analyze network and devices.

Cloud-based software and security will help providers adapt to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements as well as security and privacy.

Unisys is an information technology company that specializes in providing security solutions to the government, financial services and commercial markets.

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